Andrew Scott in Hamlet at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Audiences at the Almeida Theatre have been treated to a critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet this year, with the Andrew Scott-starring play running at the Islington venue since February. But it seems that residents of the North London district won’t be the only ones to witness Robert Icke’s presentation of the Shakespeare classic with the news that the show is set to transfer to the West End this June.
The Shakespearean favourite is about the Danish Prince and the bloody quest for revenge following the death of his father, the King, at the hands of his Uncle Claudius. It is undoubtedly the most famous tragedy in the world and so therefore it is no wonder this latest production has turned many heads considering the talent bringing it to the stage.
Not only does Robert Icke direct Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, the cast also includes Jessica Brown Findlay as Ophelia, Angus Wright as Claudius, Joshua Higgott as Horatio and Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude alongside Marty Cruickshank, Calum Finlay, Daniel Rabin, David Rintoul, Luke Thompson, Peter Wright and Matthew Wynn.
If the name Andrew Scott sounds familiar, that’s because he has appeared in a wide range of television shows, films and stage productions during his career. He is best known for roles in Sherlock and Bond film Spectre, though he was recently seen in Birdland at the Royal Court Theatre, Emperor and Galilean at the National Theatre and Design For Living at the Old Vic Theatre, amongst others. He also won a Laurence Olivier for A Girl In A Car With A Man at the Royal Court.
He commented on the new announcement, saying “I'm so thrilled and honoured to be playing this extraordinary role with these brilliant actors in Rob's stunning production.
“We have been overwhelmed with the reaction to our interpretation of Hamlet and I'm so happy that we can share it with a larger audience. This is a play full of heart, compassion and humanity.”
Hamlet is at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Thursday 15th June 2017 (previews from Friday 9th June 2017) to Saturday 2nd September 2017.